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Senators Propose Bill To Develop Alzheimer’s, Dementia Action Plan

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Two state senators say Ohio needs to join all other states in developing a comprehensive plan to deal with rising numbers of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia that are likely in the next few decades. “We have a runaway train coming at us. That train is fueled by demographics,” said Sen. Steve Wilson (R-Maineville). He… Read More

ODOT Director Says Agency Facing “Grim”, “Dangerous” Financial Situation

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The road ahead is rough for the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to the agency’s director. ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks spoke before a panel that will recommend to Gov. Mike DeWine how to fund major new road construction, telling them that money is also running out for maintenance of existing infrastructure. Marchbanks said 15 years… Read More

Former Prison Inspection Director Says Ohio Office is Understaffed

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An office that inspects and reports on conditions, trends and violence in Ohio’s 27 adult prisons and three juvenile facilities is down to one staffer, and its work is being done largely by college interns. The office’s former director says she’s worried that trouble which should have been foreseen is on the horizon. Joanna Saul Carns… Read More

Former Senator Slams Parole Board Members, Saying They Lack “Integrity, Decency”

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A former state senator has left the Ohio Parole Board, saying there are serious problems with how the prisons system is operated. Former Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) spent three years on the parole board, but left last month out of what she calls “sheer frustration”. “They operate without any integrity. They don’t seem to care… Read More

Ohio House Democrats To Pick New Leaders After Speaker Battle Fallout

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Ohio House Democrats will pick a new leadership team next week, more than a week after their leader resigned in the fallout from the battle over which Republican would be Speaker. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) resigned on Friday, after voting for now-former Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), who lost the overall House vote to Speaker Larry Householder… Read More

Group Says No Money For Road Projects Means Gas Tax Hike Could Possible

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A coalition of business leaders and local elected officials say there’s no money for big road construction projects in the transportation budget that will come out next month, so lawmakers have to at least consider the possibility of raising the gas tax. Spokesman Curt Steiner said the group Fix Our Roads Ohio is worried about a projection… Read More

DeWine Plans Executive Orders Immediately After Being Sworn In

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Mike DeWine says Ohioans won’t have to wait long to see some of what he’s going to do as governor. DeWine has talked up children’s initiatives and the opioid crisis as priorities in his agenda and his budget, and introduced cabinet members key to those plans. But he’s also planning to issue several executive orders right after he… Read More